Handover official Chen Zuoer laments British flags at protests

Chen Zuoer launches his book at the Conrad Hotel as former justice secretary Elsie Leung Oi-sie (right) looks on. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

The sight of the British flag at recent demonstrations in Hong Kong was "heartbreaking", said a former senior mainland official yesterday, possibly transmitting the views of Beijing.

Friday, 21 September, 2012, 3:00pm 33 comments

Peru protests move to president’s doorstep

Peru President Ollanta Humala. Photo: AP

After struggling for months to defuse protests against mining companies in far-flung provinces, President Ollanta Humala is now facing strikes in the capital by teachers and doctors who want a piece of Peru’s record fiscal surplus.

20 Sep 2012 - 3:58pm

Leung Chun-ying turns down invite to attend anti-national education rally

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has turned down an invitation from City University to attend an anti-national education rally of students and teachers on Wednesday.

17 Sep 2012 - 4:20am

Protesters rally in Sheung Shui against cross-border parallel traders

Protesters brandishing a modified colonial-era flag and a sign reading "Chinese people eat s**t" prompted an angry response from some at the scene. Photo: Felix Wong

Fights broke out in Sheung Shui yesterday during an angry protest against cross-border parallel traders. The protest, initiated via Facebook last week, started at 2pm, with about 50 residents in the border town gathering near an exit of Sheung Shui MTR station.

17 Sep 2012 - 10:47am 19 comments

South African police fire gas, force people into shacks

Police officers round up a group of men as they patrol the area near the Lonmin Platinum Mine near Rustenburg, South Africa, Saturday. Photo: AP

Police firing tear gas and wielding batons sent men, women and children running back into their shacks in a crackdown on striking miners at a platinum mine.

Saturday’s show of force follows a South African government vow to halt illegal protests and disarm strikers who have stopped work at one gold and six platinum mines northwest of Johannesburg.

15 Sep 2012 - 6:47pm

Sydney police clash with film protesters

Police watch protesters near the US Consulate General in central Sydney on Saturday, as a wave of unrest against a film that mocks Islam spread to Australia, bringing hundreds out to demonstrate. Photo: AFP

Riot police have clashed with about 200 protesters who rallied in downtown Sydney as part of global demonstrations against an anti-Muslim film produced in the United States.

Ten Network television news showed a policeman knocked unconscious and reported several people injured among the mostly male crowd Saturday that targeted the US Consulate.

15 Sep 2012 - 4:34pm

Anti-Japanese protests erupt across China over islands row

A Chinese paramilitary police man is hit by a traffic cone as he tries to hold back protesters from storming the Japanese embassy in Beijing, China, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012. Photo: AP/Ng Han Guan

Thousands of Chinese besieged the Japanese embassy in Beijing on Saturday, hurling rocks, eggs and bottles with protests reported in other major cities in China amid growing tension between Asia’s two biggest economies over a group of disputed islands.

15 Sep 2012 - 6:07pm

Thousands march against Argentine government

Thousands of people participate in a demonstration against the government of Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner in Buenos Aires. Photo: EPA

Thousands of Argentines marched on Thursday night in cities around the country to express their anger at the government of President Cristina Fernandez.

14 Sep 2012 - 1:36pm

Protest against national education to end after government climbdown

Another big crowd of protesters make their discontent felt outside the government offices. Photo: Felix Wong

Protesters who have besieged government headquarters for 10 days in opposition to the teaching of national education in Hong Kong schools called off their action early today – hours after Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying announced, on election eve, that schools would no longer be required to teach the subject.

9 Sep 2012 - 8:23am 4 comments

US, Britain reject claim they incited anti-national-education rallies

Protesters in London rally against national education in Hong Kong. Photo: SCMP

The US and Britain rejected claims they are manipulating anti-national-education protests in Hong Kong in a bid to "cripple" the city and undermine Beijing's ability to rule.

9 Sep 2012 - 3:46am

Scholarism hunger striker tells Hong Kong to fight national education

Scholarism member and hunger striker Kaiser, 18, outside the government headquarters in Admiralty. Photo: Felix Wong

With his backpack, paint-splattered khaki pants and flip flops, Kaiser seems like a typical Hong Kong teenager.

He loves comics and music, especially the songs of deceased local rocker Wong Kar-kui.

But this 18-year-old, who uses just the one name to avoid identifying his family, is a staunch political activist.

9 Sep 2012 - 3:47am

South Africa drop charges against protesting miners

Mourners at the funeral of a miner killed by police. Photo: EPA

South African prosecutors yesterday dropped murder charges against 270 striking miners after being criticised for using an apartheid-era law to hold them liable for the deaths of 34 fellow workers shot by police.

3 Sep 2012 - 5:16am

National education a lost cause for CY

National education a lost cause for CY

Wow, what a display of people's power over the weekend? What started as a debate over the new subject of national education has become a full-blown political crisis. For the government, it's no longer merely a matter of whether or when to introduce the subject, but how to ditch it without losing too much face and credibility.

3 Sep 2012 - 4:04am

Spain's 'Robin Hood' leads march to protest exploitation of the poor

Politician Manuel Sanchez Gordillo (centre). Photo: AFP

If this was revolution, it was a remarkably calm affair.

When the man sometimes billed as Spain's most dangerous left-wing politician, Juan Manuel Sanchez Gordillo, led his utopian army of marchers through the baking southern heat into the small town of Albolote, the biggest fuss was among those jostling for photographs beside the charismatic revolutionary.

2 Sep 2012 - 4:45am

Highest court to rule on disorderly conduct application

Hong Kong's highest court is being asked to decide when protesters cross the line between freedom of expression and a criminal act.

A High Court judge allowed a joint application yesterday by two activists and the Department of Justice.

18 Aug 2012 - 5:17am